In order to have our best possible experience in therapy, we must feel wholly accepted and seen. It is under these conditions of total support, that we can face the profound challenges we all experience. Anna fosters this support in therapy, so that you can claim your innate healing process.
Anna’s passion for anti-oppression work began in 2007 when she worked in community health services. Working with people with complex and terminal health statuses, Anna soon discovered peoples’ health and wellness is often socially determined. Having determined that supporting people was her social justice mission, in 2014 Anna earned her Master’s of Counselling Psychology at Adler University.
In addition to her clinical work, Anna has worked in non-profit and post-secondary settings as a support worker, facilitator and has developed trauma-informed programs.
Anna is passionate about creating a safe space in which clients can improve their psychological, emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness, while enjoying their relationships and community. Her approach is holistic, flexible and determined by clients’ individual needs and experiences.
Anna is an approved provider with the BC Crime Victim Assistance Program and First Nations Health Authority.
Trauma and Violence
Substance Use and Addiction
Relationship Concerns (Individual)
Grief and Loss
Emotion-Focused Therapy for Individuals
What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?
The Healing-Centred, Trauma-Informed counselling and clinical supervision that I provide is informed by my own experiences of violence and resilience. Between 2010 and 2012 I was a volunteer with a fantastic local victim services agency. I had briefly been a client of the agency three years before, when a partner of mine became dangerous and I needed help safety-planning. Volunteering there afterwards, I unwittingly began a journey of becoming more personally empowered than I knew was possible. The other major shift was learning about the diversity and resiliency of people and communities who experience oppression. There were countless revelations in those first two years supporting survivors. Now thinking about it, this volunteer work was possibly the single biggest turning point in my professional and personal journey.
What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?
Working closely with people is soul-work for me, aka my true path. I love my clients! They are all wonderful. Sitting with them I feel present, receptive, and appreciative. I’m not saying therapy is fun and games, but that I sincerely love people and appreciate my clients’ vulnerability.
What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?
I haven’t always loved myself well, and I spent years thinking that I wasn’t a good-enough person. I lost my mother at a young age, and without an understanding of the impacts of this grief, I ended up carrying sadness for years, which expressed itself as thoughts that I was permanently broken. As a young woman, I came to consciousness about how gendered some of this was, and that I had been absorbing disempowering messages about my worth as a woman, from my environment. It’s incredible how life has helped me to heal these things. Both the part about being a woman and the part about grief were helped by meeting people that understood those parts of me, as well as taking the time to understand myself without judgment. Once I was ready, I did significant chunks of work with counsellors and traditional knowledge-keepers.
What have you learned from your work?
Human beings need unconditional love and acceptance to function on just a basic level. Each one of us has our own journey, and if we have enough good support, we can make wonderfully creative decisions, take chances, and flourish.